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VET course completion rates dip

Completion rates for government-funded VET programs at Certificate I and above have declined slightly, according to fresh data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. The NCVER report, The likelihood of completing a government-funded VET program 2009–13, estimated that the ...

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Built-in upgrades

Trades can support the sustainability generation by making environmental concerns a natural part of courses. By Rodney Jackson Environmental sustainability is, perhaps, the number one global issue of our time. While world leaders struggle to reach a consensus on how ...

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TAFEs back childcare training crackdown

TAFEs have welcomed a federal government crackdown on poor childcare training, following a report that revealed many courses were too short to enable adequate skills development or assessment. The report, compiled by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, was released this week by ...

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Linking Victorian apprentices with employers

A new effort to create pathways to employment for Victorian apprentices is underway. MAS National has been selected as part of the Australian Government’s $200 million annual investment in the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) to provide apprentice, employer and trainee ...

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Plaster shifts, not blame

  VET’s house is falling apart, and policymakers won’t save it by trying to pretend market design hasn’t caused the problem. By John Mitchell If you were looking for the clearest summary of the current mess in the VET sector, ...

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VET collaboration to benefit Australia, China

Australia and China both have “much to gain” from greater collaboration in vocational education and training, says Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham. The assistant minister made the comments following the signing of a memorandum of understanding ...

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